The first couple of ballistae have been captured, dismantled, and hauled all the way from a forward Caldarian outpost.
Once Ranger command got word of it, they immediately requisitioned them to include a ballista-training course in the Rangers’ curriculum at Mistral Isle.
Taking full advantage of the increased range and armor penetration of the ballistae, the first operational battalion distinguished itself again and again. They earned their nickname during the defensive operations in grid 88, Riftforge’s home turf.
Veteran rangers, however, tell a different story. The battalion’s nickname while training was the “Lying 88s” – a tribute to their impossibly high hit scores on the marksmanship tests. Not content with a lowly 88% hit rate, several ballista teams had the audacity to report a hit score of 300%, claiming the projectile passed through several target dummies.
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